There's a lot of give and take when it comes to setting up a change process, and a lot of factors that determine if your process should be highly formalized, or loosely managed.
A loose change process, where individual engineers have the discretion to either expedite change requests or make immediate revisions, exposes your product to unintended consequences - - including costly scrap and rework at best and field failures at worst. But excessive review slows down the iterative process…Continue
Added by Alyssa Sittig on March 15, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Haven't seen our latest infographic? It's definitely worth a glance ...
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on February 29, 2012 at 3:50pm — No Comments
A lot of CNC machines use up to 100 DualVee guide wheels and the track to match. We talked to one of our design engineers about why and how in today's "Coffee Chat."
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on February 24, 2012 at 2:09pm — No Comments
One of the biggest stressors of putting together a protoype (in my eyes) is finding all the parts you need, getting the datasheets, etc, etc, and building that first draft of the BOM. If it's at least easy to find the parts you're looking for, with information on multiple distributors, it makes the job a bit easier.
To that end, I want to share a new tool I have caught wind of, as part of my work at…Continue
Added by Alyssa Sittig on February 21, 2012 at 12:59pm — No Comments
We can tell you who/what they were in today's tweets of the week post!
January is National Mentoring Month, so we caught up with Bishop-Wisecarver founder and inventor of the DualVee Guide Wheel Bud Wisecarver to ask him who he considers his greatest mentor. [ Here's what he told us ... ]…Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on January 31, 2012 at 9:01am — No Comments
I just wrote a post on the Arena Blog about big picture questions to ask when launching a new product.
Answering these questions (what is the overall expected revenue, are there additional headcount needs, etc) is often the job of…Continue
Added by Alyssa Sittig on January 25, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
We're hiring, and one of the positions is for a Mechatronics Engineer. CLICK HERE to check out our career page and download the job description!
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on January 17, 2012 at 2:24pm — No Comments
We recently attended the kickoff for the FIRST Robotics Competition — a national event in which high school students design and build robots to compete in a sort of tech Olympics. It's an awesome program and we're proud to sponsor it! One thing we geeked out about, too, was that we got to talk to renowned inventor Dean Kamen — and even got a tour of his massive home.…Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on January 17, 2012 at 11:59am — No Comments
We just launched a new blog feature in celebration of a Twitter trend we follow: #MotionMonday. Ya'll should check it out, download it and email me if you need the answer key! Prizes may await you :)Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on January 16, 2012 at 2:44pm — No Comments
We're excited to share this week's roundup of notable news related to manufacturing, engineering, business, college education and a few other random tidbits.
Happy New Year from all of us here at Bishop-Wisecarver!…Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on January 6, 2012 at 12:44pm — No Comments
But if you're working for a smaller company, maybe the way changes are managed depends on who's involved, the…Continue
Added by Alyssa Sittig on January 2, 2012 at 11:21am — No Comments
There was a time when everyone was so impressed by intelligent part numbering schemes that choosing to adopt one was a no-brainer.
But things have changed. If you're growing quickly with a wide variety of parts, or have a globally dispersed or complicated manufacturing process, intelligent part numbering could actually be a difficult system to maintain as you grow.
If you're trying to decide if it's right for you, here are a few pros and cons of intelligent part…Continue
We added an extra five to our weekly top tweets wrap-up — consider it a holiday gift :)
We got lots of cool news, links and other tidbits to keep you entertained. It's been a good year, everyone! See you on the other side!…Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on December 23, 2011 at 4:05pm — No Comments
I don't know if you've noticed this, but some really innovative products are starting to hit the market that are aimed at improving health, fitness, and sexiness. While a lot of technology - cars, microwaves, electric toothbrushes - makes us lazier, these products are designed to get people up off their butts, and out into the real world.
Here are a few of the most innovative ones I've seen. (…Continue
Added by Alyssa Sittig on December 21, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments
An Australian blogger had some kind words to say about Bishop-Wisecarver's social media prowess. He talks about marketing and the manufacturing industry in his latest blog, which you can check out on our own here! Thanks, Damian!…Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on December 20, 2011 at 10:15am — No Comments
A new suit researchers developed to limit strength, mobility and vision gives youngsters an idea of what it's like to be gettin' up there in years. They call it an empathy suit and it's helping people understand the needs of our aging population. Interesting! Read more about that and other cool science, humor and miscellaneous articles in our weekly Top Ten Tweets…Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on December 19, 2011 at 8:33am — No Comments
My coworkers and I put together some Christmas care packages for a bunch of soldiers stationed in Afghanistan this holiday season. The guys and gals are so appreciative every time they hear from home, let alone get gifts. [ Check out our blog to read more about the troops we're supporting this year ]…Continue
Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on December 16, 2011 at 9:24am — No Comments
I would imagine most engineers tend to be pretty . . .let's say fastidious . . when it comes to managing their spreadsheets and product data. So perhaps keeping a clean spreadsheet is a no-brainer.
But the BOM is a very unique spreadsheet, and one that gets shared all around the organization. There are a ton of people who input into the BOM, and a lot of things the BOM must keep track of. So it's not surprising that it can quickly become a disorganized mess. (Color-coding, lack of…Continue